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USS Midway (CV-41)

USS Midway (CV-41) by I. B. Clayton

USS Midway (CV-41) by I. B. Clayton. CVB-41 was the third U.S. Navy ship and second aircraft carrier to bear the name of Midway. Commissioned on 10 September 1945 and operational until 11 April 1992. ASIN: B000JPKHX6 Softcover 154 Pages © 2005

PREFACE

The aircraft carrier Midway was named for the historic carrier battle fought off Midway Atoll from 4-6 June 1942. In this battle a numerically inferior U. S. carrier force destroyed four Japanese carriers and altered the course of World War II in the Pacific theatre.

The threat to Hawaii and the West Coast was eliminated and Japan was forced into defensive operations for the remainder of the war. CVB-41 was the third U. S. Navy ship and the second aircraft carrier to bear the name of Midway. The first Midway, a fleet auxiliary, was renamed Tanay in April 1943.

The second ship bearing the name was a Casablanca-class escort carrier, CVE-63, whose name was changed to Saint Lo in September 1944. Saint Lo was subsequently lost in action when she was hit by two kamikazes and bombs at the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • I - DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
  • II - ATLANTIC FLEET OPERATIONS - STRAIGHT DECK
  • Shakedown and Early Operations 1945 - 1949
  • Mediterranean Operations 1950
  • Air Group Six and the Sixth Fleet 1951 - 1954
  • World Cruise and the Pacific Fleet 1955
  • III - RECONSTRUCTION AT PUGET SOUND 1955 - 1957
  • IV - PACIFIC FLEET OPERATIONS - ANGLE DECK
  • Air Group Two and the Seventh Fleet 1958 - 1964
  • Vietnam Combat Operations 1965
  • V - MODERNIZATION AT HUNTERS POINT 1966 - 1970
  • VI - THE NEW MIDWAY AND CARRIER AIR WING FIVE
  • Vietnam Combat Operations 1971
  • Vietnam Combat Operations 1972
  • Japan - Overseas Family Residence Program 1973
  • Operation Frequent Wind 1975
  • Indian Ocean Operations 1975 - 1982
  • Northern Pacific Operations 1982 - 1983
  • Return to the Indian Ocean 1984 - 1985
  • VII - F/A-18 CONVERSION AND HULL STRENGTHENING
  • VIII - A MODERN MIDWAY AND A NEW AIR WING FIVE
  • Hornets and Double Intruders 1987 - 1990
  • Operation Desert Storm 1991
  • Final Operations
  • COMMANDING OFFICERS
  • CARRIER AIR GROUP COMMANDERS
  • TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
  • DEPLOYMENT MATRIX
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